Spring in Pittsburgh

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Pittsburgh in the spring, no matter your interests, taste buds or even the weather.

How to pack

Last-minute packers rejoice, because with the ups and downs of springtime weather, leaving your suitcase empty until a few days before your trip is probably a good strategy! Spring in Pittsburgh is notoriously unpredictable, which can make packing tricky, but we have some tips to ensure you bring everything you need.

Keep your eye on the weather forecast, and don’t forget to pack layers.

  • In the spring, mornings and evenings can be cool, but when the sun is out in the middle of the afternoon it can really warm up.
  • A light jacket or sweater will make it easy to adjust no matter the temperature.

Prepare for rain…and sun!

  • An umbrella and a rain-jacket are a must for spring showers.
  • Don’t forget to pack your sunglasses and walking shoes! A breezy spring day is the perfect time to explore on foot.

Most importantly, don’t forget your camera! When Pittsburgh is in bloom, there are plenty of picturesque moments that you won’t want to miss.

What to Do

There are plenty of ways to enjoy Pittsburgh in the spring, no matter your interests, taste buds or even the weather. Whether you’re looking for a guide to “Spring Break” in Pittsburgh or more ways to enjoy the ‘Burgh as the weather warms up, look no further!

Get Outside!

Springtime in the ‘Burgh is a great time to get outside and explore! After the winter months, a little sunshine goes a long way. Pittsburgh’s 24 miles of riverfront trails line Downtown and beyond, and offer plenty of great ways to explore. If biking is your thing, check out Golden Triangle Bike Rentals for a guided tour, or rent from the convenient Healthy Ride bike share program, with over 75 stations throughout the city. 

For a bit of exploration outside the city, check out Butler County, less than one hour from Pittsburgh. Butler offers plenty of hiking trails, camp grounds, wildlife watching and more. You can also visit local breweries, gardens and historical sites.

Rainy Days

Pittsburgh in the spring is bound to have a rainy day or two, but that won’t stop you from experiencing what the city has to offer. With so many world-class museums, spending the day inside can be pretty colorful. 

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Check out The Frick Pittsburgh for a trip back in time to the gilded age and the height of the steel industry. The beautiful grounds offer an art museum, car and carriage museum and the preserved Clayton house, once home to the notorious Frick family. The lovely Frick Café makes the perfect stop for lunch. 

For two museums in one, check out the Carnegie Museums of Art and Natural History in the Oakland neighborhood, housed in one building. Explore painting and sculpture in one, and dinosaur bones and the gem and mineral room in the other. 

The Carnegie Science Center lets you learn and explore and the same time, and is fun for the whole family. Check out exhibits like Roboworld, a one-of-a-kind robotics experience; H2Oh!, an immersive science and water play area; and Highmark SportsWorks, an interactive and thematic way to intertwine sports and science.

What to Eat

Spring is the season for fresh food, farm to table and fish fries on Friday’s! 

Fish Fry-Days

Every Friday in Lent, Pittsburgh churches, firehalls, restaurants and bars fry up their best fish sandwich and all are welcome to celebrate the tradition. Check out some local favorites here.

The Vandal

When things begin to bloom in the spring, seasonal restaurants get to showcase what they do best. Try The Vandal for lunch or dinner, a trendy space that offers up a hyper-local menu.


Treat yourself to a dinner at Legume, a long-standing Pittsburgh favorite that changes up its menu nearly every day based on the season and the ingredients on-hand.

Bitter Ends

Bitter Ends Garden & Luncheonette uses herbs and produce from its very own off-site garden, plus homemade bread and baked goods, to create delicious breakfast and lunch treats.

Events and Holidays

If you’re in town for Easter

There are plenty of ways to celebrate Mom in Pittsburgh

  • Take her to an elaborate brunch buffet at the Grand Concourse or a dine in a trendy and bright space like The Whitfield
  • Get to know the city on a sightseeing cruise on the Gateway Clipper
  • Moms love high tea at The Terrace Room in the Omni William Penn hotel. 

And, if you’re in town during the first weekend in May, you’ll have the chance to experience the Pittsburgh Marathon. From a pet walk to a toddler trot, as well as a fitness expo that lasts through the weekend, experience the energy and excitement as people accept the challenge to run the 26 miles through hilly Pittsburgh. 

Springtime Views

In Pittsburgh we are proud to have such a beautiful (and Instagrammable!) city. When you’re in town during the spring, there are a few views that just can’t be beat.

Pittsburgh is known as the City of Champions, but there is more to catching a game than seeing who wins or loses. Experience a Pittsburgh Pirates baseball game at PNC Park to see why the ballpark is notorious for its gorgeous stadium along the river and overlooking the city skyline. The home opener is always in the spring. Highmark Stadium, home to the Pittsburgh Riverhounds soccer team, offers another gorgeous view of Pittsburgh! Experience a game for an affordable price – the season begins in March.

If you’re looking for the classic Pittsburgh view from above, look no further than Emerald View Park on Mount Washington. Stroll the paths for a variety of views while Pittsburgh in in bloom, and bring a picnic if the weather is nice!

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Two Hours in Pittsburgh

Whether you’re in town for a college graduation with a few hours to spare, or just passing through, there are a few must-see things in Pittsburgh that can be experienced in only a few hours.

For the garden-lover, Phipps Conservatory is a beautiful place to explore seasonal flower shows in a gorgeous 14-room greenhouse. Plus, it’s minutes away from the campuses of University of Pittsburgh and Carnegie Mellon University.

Stroll through Downtown in the Cultural District. Check out the public art at Katz Plaza and the Magnolias for Pittsburgh as you walk down Penn Avenue. You can grab a drink or a bite at one of the many restaurants that line the avenue, like Sienna Mercato, Ten Penny or Nicky’s Thai

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